Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became just the 15th player to win the elusive award and the first since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski did it back in 1967.
Cabrera finished the season with 44 home runs, 139 RBI and a batting average of .330. But it helps when you have another quality offensive caliber player right behind Cabrera throughout the season that made accomplishing this feat a little bit easier with the signing of Prince Fielder in the off-season.
No knock to what Cabrera did from an individual standpoint; it should be recognized and applauded by all fans of the game. However, the situation is much different if Fielder isn’t on the on deck circle whenever Cabrera steps into the batter’s box.
With the award now officially in his hands, Cabrera should unanimously be the AL MVP, keeping that award in the city of Detroit for a second straight year as starting pitcher and defending AL Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander won last year’s AL MVP.
The only thing I will go out with is the Tigers are lucky for the Chicago White Sox late September collapse. Had the Sox not gone as ice cold as they did the final two weeks of the season, Detroit is probably not AL Central champs and not going to the post-season. The Triple Crown is a fantastic individual award and that’s all it really is. It means little if your team doesn’t make the playoffs as well. So luckily for Tigers’ fans, the award is a little more special with October baseball looming.
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